About Us

 Telluride winner Bearfoot is one of the leading young bands reshaping American roots music. Drawing from a broad range of musical styles including bluegrass, old-time, folk, country, Cajun, blues and western swing. The female-fronted quartet delivers a powerful live show that features winningly intimate lead vocals, intricate arrangements of award-winning original songs, tight harmonies and impressive instrumental prowess.

“Old time, roots, Americana, folk, bluegrass – whatever...it’s just plain old pleasure.” - The Boston Globe

Their last two CD releases on Compass Records have come to critical acclaim with their 2009 Release Doors and Windows debuting at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and their 2011 release American Story had a music video for title track “Tell Me a Story” reach #2 music video of the week 3 weeks in a row on CMT’s Pure Music Video Channel.

Angela Oudean

"Angela is a rare and real talent on the fiddle. Anything she needs to do on it, she can do. I really like listening to her because I can relax while she takes care of business." - Darol Anger
Angela grew up in Anchorage, Alaska with a family of musicians. She was influenced to sing and play music by going to church, music festivals, and even singing along with the radio on long road trips. She learned to play the fiddle and guitar by taking lessons, attending acoustic music camps for kids, listening to CDs, and watching her family and friends play. Some early influences also included close family friends Frank Solivan II ("Navy Bluegrass Band/Country Current" and "Frank Solivan and Ditry Kitchen") and bluegrass music innovator Ginger Boatwright ("Red, White and Bluegrass" and "Doug Dillard Band.")

Angela was in many childhood bluegrass and folk bands that performed all over Alaska. When she was 16, she became a part of Bearfoot and began to get more serious about playing bluegrass fiddle after traveling and performing more than she had ever done before. After graduating high school, she decided to attend East Tennessee State University and their Bluegrass and Country Music Program where she learned from Jim and Jesse band member Raymond McLain and Bill Monroe band member Tater Tate.

While in Johnson City, Angela played fiddle with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, and a prominent local group called the Everybodyfields and played fiddle on their CD entitled "Plague of Dreams" (2006). She also played fiddle on Warner Bros. recording artist Megan McCormick's first solo CD ("Runaway") 2005, and received an IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year for her work on Daughter's of Bluegrass's "Back to the Well" project in 2006. In the spring of 2006 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and became one of the first people in the world to receive a minor in bluegrass. When she returned to Alaska after college for a couple of years to visit her family and friends, she was honored to be featured on Alaska music legend Joe Page's solo mandolin album entitled "Alaska Mando" (2007) and then also record with popular Alaska performing and songwriting artist Todd Grebe on their original honky tonk album entitled "Cold Country" (2008).

Angela has had many opportunities to play with great musicians and friends, but one of her personal highlights is when she performed with Jesse McReynolds band at Rockygrass 2008.

Songwriting is one of her hobbies when she gets some extra time and energy. Bearfoot has recorded two of her originals; the title track from their second release "Back Home," and "Time is No Medicine" from their first Compass Records Release Doors and Windows.

Angela’s fiddling continues to be a powerful and essential part of Bearfoot’s music.

Jason Norris

"Jason Norris plays some inspired mandolin with a very nice touch, reminding me at times of Bill Monroe and at other times of Chris Thile." ---Bluegrass Works

Jason is known for being the "I'm gonna go out and jam with everyone at this festival" guy in the band. He has a contagious musical enthusiasm and is often seen yelling "Happy Bluegrass!!!" to everyone he sees at Alaska festivals.

He started playing mandolin at age 9, and has picked up the fiddle, guitar, and bass along the way. In addition to Jason’s crafty mandolin work, his fiddling has become an integral part of Bearfoot’s sound. Jason now lives in Nashville, TN. When he's not on tour with Bearfoot he's usually on some sort of other expedition. He recently stated that he hadn't been in the same place for over two weeks in the last few years. He definitely likes to move around and check out new scenes. One of his favorite places to visit, besides Alaska, is Lafayette LA. His mother raised him with a strong love for Cajun music and dancing and he might be happiest when he's playing or dancing in the heart of Cajun country.


Todd Grebe